Diy Crafts: How To Make A Cloth Baby Book

Make a cloth baby book to give as a shower gift or to your own child. Here are the instructions, list of materials and some other ideas.

Baby books made from cloth are a unique shower gift that shows the recipient just how much you care. Although they aren't made in a matter of minutes, the results can be quite impressive. The subject of the book is for you to decide. The basic steps in making the book is to cut two rectangles, then two more that are a half inch longer than the first two, then an additional set of rectangles that are one inch longer than the first two. The book can be small or large, depending upon how big you cut the rectangles, and you can cut extra rectangles for extra pages.

Place each set of rectangles, right sides together, and stitch around three sides. Stitch slightly on one end of the last side, and slightly on the other end of the last side, but leave a space in between for turning the cloth. After stitching and turning each rectangle, press and sew shut. The rectangles can be cut from various fabric patterns and colors, but all cloth should be about the same thickness, feel and weight. Stack the pieces on top of each other, laying the largest one first, the next largest on top of that, and so on. Fold in half and stitch down the binding portion of the book.

Use glitter markers, ink markers or stamps to put the name on the front of the book. It can say "Baby Goes To The Zoo" or whatever topic you choose. Use cloth cut-outs of various animals to place in the book. Cut out a zebra, or another animal, use a little stuffing and lay the zebra on the cover of the book. Use fabric glue to glue around it, or hand stitch the animal on the cover. If you use fabric glue, wait until it dries, then outline the animal in fabric paints to cover the raw edges of the animal. You can stitch "By Grandma" in the corner or use markers to write: "Written by Mom". Opening the cover, stitch the next animal, using a little stuffing behind it. Write "Giraffe" or whatever is appropriate, and you can enhance it by using green fabric paint or pieces of cloth to make a tree beside the giraffe. Continue on until the book is complete. It's easier to attach the animals and such before stitching the binding, but you have to keep in mind the order that the pages will be in after stitching, since one rectangle represents the front page and the back.



Another theme can include small toys from baby's toy box. "Baby's Birthday" is one idea where you can attach small, flat rattles to the pages or other novelties. For an older child, use pockets from an outgrown outfit, or make your own pockets to affix to the pages. Then attach a piece of yarn to the pocket and then to a wooden letter "A" and tuck the letter in the pocket. Continue on with the alphabet. You can put two or three letters on each page, or use numbers instead. Glue on a foam apple shape for "A", a foam banana for "B", and so on.

A pre-school child will love a book that has zippers, buttons, snaps and ties. Sew a zipper in between two pieces of material, then sew the fabric with zipper, onto a page of the book. Do the same with buttons and snaps. Use eyelets on a spare piece of fabric, thread a shoestring through, and attach to the book page. Or, attach a marker to the book with a piece of yarn or ribbon, leave the pages blank, and let the child draw his own pictures.

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